Book Review Date: April 22nd, 2013
Written by: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Four boys. One treacherous plan. An entire kingdom to fool. // In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify his kingdom’s divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. His rivals will be devising their own plots as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of deceit unfolds, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
I really liked this book. It’s going to be one of those I’d like to read again. It was clever and fun and dangerous and exciting and a great distraction from everyday life. I found it easy to slip into the world and forget I was in my house. Even when I did have to put it down and do housework, I was often thinking about it and the characters and the circumstances where I was in the story. I couldn’t wait to get back to them. And what a satisfying ending. The plot was great. The characters, too. And for whatever reason, it was this book I was reading when I decided to take another shot at my own manuscript. Maybe it was the pace of the writing or the story itself, but it stirred up a desire I haven’t had in a while, which was a great bonus. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!
If I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen this life.
- “I didn’t say anything else, figuring the phrase I’d just use to curse at him had satisfactorily explained my wishes for the cause of his death.
- Roden didn’t look impressed with my behind-the-back knot tying. Clearly, he’d never attempted something like that before, or he would have been.
- My father said a person can be educated and still be stupid, and a wise man can have no education at all.
- Her eyes fascinated me the most, warm and brown, but haunted, maybe afraid.
- If only that new life wouldn’t come at such a high price.
- It’ll be easier for me, knowing my death doesn’t add to anyone’s pain. // If you can’t give anyone pain, then you can’t give them joy either.
- Valuable lessons were code words for pain that no one apologized for.
- Just because it’s calmer than a hailstorm doesn’t mean it’s calm.
- You are your own enemy … Look in the mirror for the cause of your problems
- You should always choose on the side of hope.
- Lies fell from his lips as gracefully as raindrops from a cloud.
- I fear the devils no longer, because I have the worst of them right here in my home!
- It’s not easy to be one type of person when you’ve worked so hard to be a very different type of person.
- “All I want is to be happy,” she said softly. “But I fear that is too much to ask.”